- Cossack Temperament [13:53]
- The Long Walk (Towards The Black Sea) [13:14]
- Paintings – The Themes [16:44]
- Paintings – The Spirituality Behind It [7:19]
- The Leningrad Years [12:21]
- Darkness Unfolds [11:40]
- Yuri Pugachov – In Memoriam [3:07]
Artemi Pugachov / Russia –
The music on the latest album by Gert Emmens is inspired by the life and work of Yuri Pugachov (www.pugachov.ru) – a late Russian painter that happens to be my father. Of course I am biased when writing this review, as this project means really a lot to me. I would like to thank Gert for this wonderful endeavor and I must say the results have surpassed my expectations. I will try to only describe the music itself here, without referring too much to the subject matter so as to not become too subjective when judging this album’s merits.
Cossack Temperament” describes the period of my father’s childhood and adolescence
Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com –
Inspired by the life and works of the Russian painter Yuri Pugachov, from whom one of the paintings (The Garden in Toulouse) decorated the front artwork of The Nearest Faraway Place Vol. 2, An Artists Stroke unfolds in 6 musical paintings of which the beauty equals the most beautiful creations of Gert Emmens. The Dutch synthesist has dug at the bottom of his emotions to deliver us a superb album where his sequences and synths, unique to his poetic universe, weave the main lines of an album to rhythms floating in the breaths and lines of synth as harmonious as misty.
Divided into 3 segments Cossack Temperament” goes out of the limbos with an oblong breath of a nasal synth which loses its threatening character in the voices of a cosmic choir. The rhythm begins with sequences which skip into fine undulations